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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge | Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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Cuvée Des Jacobins RougeCuvée Des Jacobins Rouge

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 484 | Ratings: 2,745
Photo of BeerSnobLeprechaun
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into cup. Maybe too old in the bottle at a bottling date of January 2014. Need to taste on tap to determine if ratings change.

L- Transluscent brown with nice lacing.

S- Huge malt vinegar nose with tart cherry.

T- Totally not balanced like the other sours I so enjoy. This one has no malt undertone. The sour overtakes the whole beer as if it were an 'Imperial Sour'.

F- Nice carbonation with a sharp pucker from sour.

O- I'd try again on tap to determine if that improves the experience, but not looking for this one in bottle again until it's proven I had a so-so bottle. Too many other great sours to linger on one sour cherry.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive, murky, plum color with ruby highlights. Off-white head is minimal even with a moderately vigorous pour. Aroma is modest but complex, with palpable sourness and notes of cherry, nutmeg, and apple cider vinegar.

Now here's a sour ale that lives up to its name. Prickly carbonation offsets a big sour kick akin to the apple cider vinegar detected in the nose. This baby is nearly bile-like in its sourness (and I mean that in the most positive way). Teasing out other complexities beneath the acetic foreground is somewhat difficult. Cherry, saltwater taffy, nutmeg, and cinnamon sound about right. The bottle touts stone fruit, cocoa, and vanilla, but I can't say I can discern any of the above, at least not at cooler temperatures. Come to think of it, I don't think I could discern stone fruit regardless, considering I've never heard of it, let alone tasted it. The 18+ months of barrel-aging doesn't come through in the taste much, either. The mouthfeel is a tad thin, but the carbonation lends an appropriate amount of texture for the style.

It's hard to think of a beer that better exemplifies a sour ale, however I would have liked a bit more nuance and complexity. With that said, this is still obviously a high-class brew that does one thing extremely well.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tiny white bubbles topping this red-tinged brown brew. Not much retention or lacing, but the style certainly doesn't require it.

Aromas of cherry, vinegar, sour apple, and barnyard funk. Elegant but slightly musty, like the blue cracked leather of a 1989 Cadillac El Dorado.

Well-attenuated and pleasant flavor, with lots of green apple sourness, cherry sweets, and a touch of vinegar acidity. Carbonation is high but not overly done. Easy to drink a glass, but not much desire for another. A well-done but not world class Flanders red.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8oz goblet on tap at the Rattle n Hum, I had this one on 7/12 at the Mikkeller Single Hop IPA event.

Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge pours a deep brown, with significant cherry highlights when the beer is backlit. There's a thin bit of dark cream colored foam that tops the beer. The nose is about what one might anticipate from the style. There's a definite acidic presence in the nose that's counterbalanced by a cherry pit aroma that nicely displays both some fruity notes and woody ones as well. I just wish that those aromas would have stood out more against the sour aspect of the nose. Cherry fruitiness definitely gains prominence to balance the vinegary nature of the beer, but at the expense of that nice subtle oak presence that is in the aroma. The body is nice and light, but the carbonation is a bit overdone and is distracting at times. Overall a solidly brewed Flanders Red Ale, though I still haven't found one that quite measures up to Rodenbach Grand Cru.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, Batch #01(?)
Deschutes tulip

A: A really pretty dark, ruby red color. About a finger of off white almost light tan head. Fades pretty quick.

S: Funk. Dark tart cherries. Balsamic & apple cider vinegar. Smells really sour, for a Flemish.

T: I get some of that cherry tartness on the tip of the tongue. It's not overpowering, very pleasant. In the mid mouth, you get that apple cider vinegar flavor. Sweet malt bill leads into a really mellow cocoa flavor too. I don't get that much oak, but maybe a touch of vanilla as the beer warms. The finish is lip smacking and somewhat dry.

M: It says full bodied, but it's more like medium to me.

O: B+

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a standard burgundy typical of the style. Darkish off-white head, solid lace.

S: Some vinegar, cherries, light funk.

T: Starts off really Rodenbachy with some red wine characteristics, crisp acidity, cherries and strawberry. The beer then takes a sharp turn and tastes like cheese (mix of brie and sharp cheddar), then goes back to a more classic flavour in the finish, fun to taste and drink.

M: Not the most refreshing acidity, but a good body, soft carbonation.

D: This is a good example of the style all around and has a real nice mix of tastes. No problem drinking this one down, nice to have a good beer from a brewery I've never heard of before especially in this classic style.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coffee District. Served in a flute.

Appearance - Deep red body. Thin white collar and a few wisps at the surface. Filled to the brim, so apparently it doesn't pour with a big fluffy head.

Smell - Acetic aroma. Caramel malt. Rich and deep caramel. Nice oak.

Taste - Sharp vinegar sourness, but not too strong. Dies down as caramel builds. Oak and vanilla permeate the whole beer. Finishes with a puckering dryness that I feel on the insides of my cheeks.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Ample sourness, but never overpowering the flavors.

Overall - An excellent, easy-to-find sour. Pricey, but then again all sours are. Doesn't always have to be rare to be good.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session, and probably within my top 5 of those.

Poured a murky mahogany red color with a thin ringlet for a head. Woody aroma, bready malts and cherries, a bit acetic, which is no surprise for the style. The taste mirrored the nose pretty accurately: sweet and sour cherries, lactic and acetic notes, bready malt base. Soft and chewy, medium body, low carbonation, and quite drinkable for the style. I think I prefer a Kasteel Rouge to this, but it's surely not without its charm.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap last night at Capone's. Served in a snifter...

A - Dark, murky, red, ruby color with very noticeable carbonation. Some slight egg-shell white head formed and stuck around for a little.

S - Nose was comprised of tart cherries and vinegar. Mild oak and some citrus snuck in as well.

T - Sweet flavors of nice tart cherries. Vinegar and lactic flavors follow nicely integrating themselves into the cherries.

M - Medium carbonation with a dryness to the finish which is quite nice.

O - Really nice for the style. Maybe a bit too puckering for the style, but that is just my personal preference.

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Photo of chakadrum
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had @ Bishop's Collar in Philly.

A pour that seemed to be over 12 oz. The color uad hint of rich red which was really nice.

Sour but not overly so. It would catch the average person off gaurd.

Good sour smell.

Nothing blew me away but a beer that makes you think about what beer can be.

In terms of flavor there is sour cherry and other sour dark fruit.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

Dark mahogany color, with just a little head suds-like head. Showed nice clarity for a darker brew.

Aroma is tart, sour, and acidic, but some bittersweetness is there as well in the form of cherry notes and raspberry notes.

WOW – this is mouth puckering. The flavor profile is nice, however. The fruit flavors mirror the cherry and raspberry notes in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is thins and crisp. Refreshing, though in a smack-you-in-the-face kinda way.

When i first had this a few years ago I actually couldn’t finish this complete as the tartness was a bit much for me…even for the style, which is something I thought I liked. It actually started to hurt my stomach. But upon having again now, it was delicious and not a problem to drink. Maybe my palate has changed, or maybe the first pour years ago was more sour somehow. Anyway, this is worth a try if you like sour Flemish reds.

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Photo of Wadsey
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge

Served in tulip at Three Floyds on July 29, 2011

A:  Appears clear dark amber with brewpub head that dissipates quickly. I'm not seeing much effervescence, but then again this beer is dark. 

S: This beer smells of vinegar, cherries, wood and vanilla. 

T: Vinegar is so strong it borders on balsamic. The other characteristics noted in smell are evident in taste. This beer is a little salty and sweet. 

M: Medium-light body and medium-high carbonation. Bright, lively mouthfeel. 

O: I think Cubee Des Jacobins Douge is a very bright, lively Flanders sour ale--a pleasure to drink on a Friday afternoon. 

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Map Room, served in a 12oz goblet. Dark blood red color, opaque until held up to a light (actually transparent with VERY low light transmission). Nice tart cherry aroma, a good deal of vinegar too which I guess you often get with the style.

Sweet tasting with loads of cherry flavor. Nice sour bite, with a lasting feeling of acidic etching on my enamel. Pretty much spot-on for the style, maybe a bit too much vinegar for my tastes but it fits the Flanders Red bill. Light carbonation and low ABV make this easy to pound, but I kept it at a leisurely nursing speed. Recommended.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not quite a finger of light tan head with larger bubbles. Body is a deep red and amber color. Almost cola like.

S - Super sour and sweet. Very strong. Cherries, strawberries, and raspberries. Only slight green berry aroma.

T - A strong sweet and sour mix. Well balanced but a bit over the top on both. Just like the aroma, strawberries, cherries, and raspberries. Lemon.

M - Punishes the tongue with acidity. Good carbonation and overall mouthfeel.

O - A nice sweet/sour beer. Lots of fruit/berries.

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Photo of palma
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty dissapointing look for a beer of this caliber. Short head fades very quickly. Almost no lacing. Nice ruby body though.
Nose: sour fruit, chalk, some wet oak.
Taste: Cherries, cider vinegar. A great sourness. Mouth puckering end. Lingering green apple rind in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel. Very thin but a nice champagne like carbonation.

A pretty good Flanders Red but I would not call this world class.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous dar red color, cristal clear, with a nice small white head that lasts for about a minute and leaves great lacing.

Aroma is funky, tart and fruity with grapes and raspeberries.

Taste starts with a (very light)sweet and tart fruit note reminiscent of red grapes. Also raspberries and cherries. Ends with a yeast funky barnyard taste that is very mild compared to other wild beers. The aftertaste is unusual and starts with sour/sweet and end with a strange grainy/malty note that I can't quite explain.

Body is light and carbonation medium to high. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability is pretty high.

Nice Flemish red, it is fairly sweet making more drinkable than the tart bombs

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Photo of MrOH
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep red, bordering on brown. Very clear. Little head that dissapates quickly.

Sour cherry, vanilla, and some deep malty tones on the nose. Smells sour, if that makes any kind of sense.

Very tart. Cranberries, sour cherries, lemon, vanilla, a bit of malt vinegar. Katey says it reminds her of the French 75 cocktail.

Medium bodied, fairly light carbonation.

A good beer that fits the style well. A bit more sour than I prefer, but still damn tasty.

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Photo of taigor
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a small glass.

A - Poured clear brown color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving medium lacing around the glass.

S - Distinct smell of yeast and cherries.

T - Sour to start with slight honey sweetness but not too much. Has a nice cherry aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O - Very good ale and I would recommend it if you can obtain it.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: thick, dark syrup look - dark brown, red, and amber all fighting for dominance; pours a solid, almond head

Aroma: tart cherry raspberry, currant; hint of sweetness, like a pie

Taste & Mouthfeel: careful with that first sip! mouth-puckering sour fruit is an assault on the tastebuds; very fresh and juicy again with raspberry, cherry, and especially red currants; light and crisp with low carbonation; not a lot of body, really feels like an adult fruit juice

Overall: bright and exciting flavours make it an amazing sour, but too intense to have in large quantities.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark, cherry soda red with a slim head and some lacing.

Nose is very malty with sour cherry candy, baked wheat bread, and vanilla extract.

Taste is sour, with lemon and cherry.

Mouthfeel is clean at first then coats the tongue. Lots of carbonation.

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Photo of Leif_Eriksson
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful red colour. Sour beginning and finish that moves through the mouth like a sour gum ball. Does not induce puckering. Rhubarb, cherry, and gum ball.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Fleming Place in Topeka, KS. My first Flanders Red. A number 05 was stamped on the back of the 11.2 brown bottle. No clue what that means, though. Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

Appearance: A straight pour revealed a one finger khaki head. I can hear this fizzing away. It quickly dissipated into a thin ring, and eventually nothing. Body was a very nice dark red color. Is this a glass of wine?

Aroma: The first smell revealed sour cherries/plums with a zesty tangyness. A subtle vanilla from the oak. The second a very musty, wet, dirty hay pile in a decaying old barn.

Taste: Intense sour cherries, grapes, and tart plumbs. A brief respite of oakyness. More tart fruits and fruit yougurt tangyness. A bit of mustyness. End with a very pleasant sweet fruitiness. Like orange candies.

Mouthfeel: Drying and crisp. Sticks to the teeth. Lower carbonation works keep the sourness manageable.

Overall: The sourness is intense at first but certainly not acerbic. The tart fruit flavors are very enjoyable especially the dark cherry notes. I think my favorite part of this beer was that gentle, sweet orange note at the end. Overall an enjoyable, complex sour red ale. Personally I would split the bottle.

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Photo of peensteen
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish-red colour, one finger of whiteish head, light lace as well. Smell is of cherry and soru fruits, oak and some vanilla, bit of sweetness as well here, apple skin and some acidity. Taste is a mix of sweet and sour, cherry and acidity, oak finish with vanilla, moderate tart flavours with a bit of malt in the aftertaste. Med-high carbonation, med-full body. Quite nice but left me wanting a bit more, good but not outstanding.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark reddish-amber with a tan colored head. The aroma is very wine like with some tart grapes and cherries as well as some woody notes. The flavor is very dry with lots of medium tart cherries and grapes. There is also some tannic oak notes. This is a very wine like beer that is very easy to drink.

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Photo of beertooth
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Map room

A deep amber liquid with a thin ring or darkish off-white head.

The nose is full of cherries, funk, musty oak, some slight balsamic vinegar as well.

Taste follows the noses with tons of oaky tannins, lot's of sour cherry, lemon, a little funky funk goodness. Less balsamic character than the nose. Finishes very sour, a little more slick than dry.

Mouthfeel has a lot of bubble bite.

This is a very sour and refreshing flanders red. Dare I say I like it more than La Folie, gasp!?

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
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